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Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (emblem).png
Fayetteville - S'dale XNA.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerNorthwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
Serves Fayetteville
Location Bentonville, Arkansas
Elevation  AMSL1,287 ft / 392 m
Coordinates 36°16′54″N 094°18′28″W / 36.28167°N 94.30778°W / 36.28167; -94.30778
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT Latitude and Longitude:

36°16′54″N 094°18′28″W / 36.28167°N 94.30778°W / 36.28167; -94.30778
Website www.flyxna.com
Map
XNA is located in Arkansas
XNA
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Location of airport in Arkansas
XNA is located in the US
XNA
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XNA (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,800 2,682 Concrete
17/35 8,800 2,682 Concrete
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2015)37,767
Based aircraft (2017)8

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport ( IATA: XNA, ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA) is a public use airport in Northwest Arkansas, United States. [1] It is 15 nautical miles (28  km; 17  mi) northwest of the city of Fayetteville [1] and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of the city of Springdale. [2] The airport, located in Bentonville, Arkansas, is near Rogers, and Springdale. It is commonly referred to by its IATA code, which is incorporated in the airport's logo as "Fly XNA".

It is perhaps one of the smallest airports in the U.S. to see year-round, daily nonstop jet service (with first class seats included) to major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and San Francisco, largely due to the presence of the world's largest company by revenue, Walmart, in nearby Bentonville.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 547,871 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, [3] 530,087 enplanements in 2009, and 549,195 in 2010. [4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). [5]

History

XNA opened in November 1998 as a replacement airport for commercial traffic previously served by Fayetteville's aging and inadequate Drake Field, which was undersized to serve the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region.

Expansion

Due to rapid growth in Northwest Arkansas, in 2007 airport officials announced the construction of a new concourse costing between $20–$25 million. The new concourse is east of the upper concourse, allowing the airport to park eight additional planes for boarding. The airport previously had 12 airplane parking positions. It took over three years to complete. [6]

The airport completed a ticket counter expansion in 2010. The airport has completed a $21 million expansion to the upper-level concourse that includes the state's first moving walkway. With the walkway it is anticipated to take about three minutes to get from security to the last gate. The addition adds 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2) and 12 upper level gates to the east side of the airport. [7]

Runway

The original runway built in 1998 required complete reconstruction in 2011 following the discovery of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in the Portland cement concrete runway. Since the runway was the only landing surface at the airport, an alternate temporary runway was necessary to maintain service during the main runway's reconstruction. Stimulus funds of $9 million ($10.3 million in today's dollars) from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) allowed XNA to accelerate the alternative runway construction project. Upon completion of the alternate runway in 2012, all aircraft operations were shifted to the new surface and demolition and replacement of the primary runway began. [8]

Facilities and aircraft

Terminal view

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport covers an area of 2,184 acres (884 ha) at an elevation of 1,287 feet (392 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways, designated 16/34 and 17/35, each with a concrete surface measuring 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m). [1]

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2015, the airport had 37,767 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 37% air taxi, 33% scheduled commercial, 13% general aviation and 17% military. In January 2017, there were 8 aircraft based at this airport: 1 single-engine, 3 multi-engine and 4 jet aircraft. [1]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Fort Walton Beach
[9]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [10]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia, Washington–National [10]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [11]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia [11]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco [12]

Statistics

Statistics for Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport [13]
Year Total Passengers (enplane and deplane) Total Cargo (tons) Total operations
1999 653,022 205,175 38,548
2000 725,175 337,143 40,169
2001 735,822 356,186 40,426
2002 786,948 371,987 37,282
2003 892,489 329,304 44,259
2004 1,020,146 348,171 49,379
2005 1,168,858 296,740 55,091
2006 1,172,049 164,121 53,522
2007 1,200,122 230,214 55,193
2008 1,146,954 253,411 47,975
2009 1,083,638 196,706 44,568
2010 1,139,801 96,703 44,960
2011 1,127,909 59,328 42,414
2012 1,135,023 55,333 43,609
2013 1,160,032 84,884 40,810
2014 1,278,403 113,271 39,695
2015 1,290,850 149,259 38,421
2016 1,338,042 166,525 41,676

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from XNA (September 2017 – August 2018) [14]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 171,870 American
2 Atlanta, Georgia 127,130 Delta
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 111,180 American, United
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 62,730 American
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 51,370 United
6 New York–LaGuardia, New York 39,480 American, Delta
7 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 26,710 Delta
8 Denver, Colorado 26,600 United
9 Los Angeles, California 21,260 Allegiant, American
10 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 19,550 Allegiant

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for XNA ( Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective Jan 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Distance and heading from Springdale (36°10'53"N 94°08'45"W) to XNA (36°16'54"N 94°18'28"W)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" ( PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "XNA Opens New Concourse". KNWA. August 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "XNA Expands Terminal, Runway Facilities". 4029tv.com. June 30, 2010.
  8. ^ Nordstrom, Robert (2012). "Alternate Landing Surface Keeps Air Traffic Moving at Northwest Arkansas Regional" (2). Airport Improvement Magazine.
  9. ^ "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Airport Traffic Statistics".
  14. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".

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